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Seminar to help businesses access $1B in contracts

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Business owners can gain key insights into how to compete for over $1 billion from reliable payers at a seminar sponsored by SEDA-Council of Governments’ Procurement Technical Assistance Center.


The “It’s Not Just Price” seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce & CREDC, 3211 N. Front St., Suite 201, Harrisburg.


Bruce Beardsley, marketing manager of the state Department of General Services COSTARS program, will present how to:

  • Increase business with reliable payers
  • Sell to qualified local governments and nonprofits without expensive bidding procedures
  • Compete based on the company’s features and benefits – not just price



The Commonwealth’s Cooperative Purchasing Program (COSTARS) provides opportunities for businesses of any size and any location to compete for over $1 billion of government business from 8,350 buyers comprised of local public and non-profit agencies.


These include local governments (cities, boroughs, townships), local prisons, libraries, school districts, not-for-profit health facilities, fire and rescue companies and more. Product opportunity is vast. For example, a business was awarded six contracts totaling over $266,000 because of assistance provided by SEDA-COG’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center.


A key benefit of the COSTARS program is that it eliminates the bidding process with COSTARS-approved suppliers, while generating competitive pricing. Qualified public entities can negotiate with and buy directly from those businesses and keep procurement dollars in the local economy.


The seminar is free but registration is required. To register, visit For more information, contact SEDA-COG’s Kristen Moyer at 570-524-4491 or


The event is cosponsored by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC and the Southeast Pennsylvania Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.


SEDA-COG’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps companies explore and compete in the local, state, and federal government marketplace. For more information about the SEDA-COG Procurement Technical Assistance Center, visit

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It's Not Just Price seminar workshop SEDA-COG SEDA-Council of Governments Procurement PTAC February 9


Created at 1/24/2018 12:16 PM by Liz Regan
Last modified at 1/24/2018 12:16 PM by Liz Regan